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UNAI-Amrita Conference on Technology for Sustainable Development

On 8 July at United Nations Headquarters, the United Nations Academic Impact and Amrita University co-hosted a one-day conference on "Technology for Sustainable Development". Over 700 people joined in person as well as many others following online.

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Yoga: Stretching Across the Globe

The UN honoured the Indian legacy of Yoga by proclaiming the 21st of June as the International Day of Yoga. In the northern hemisphere, June 21st is the day of summer solstice - the longest day as well as the day that marks the beginning of a warm summer. Read more from UNAI Intern Achuth Krishnan here.

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UN Conference Explores Role of Science & Technology in Advancing Development Goals

An international conference on technology for sustainable development will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Wednesday, 8 July 2015. 

The event is co-sponsored by United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and UNAI member institution Amrita University, and is the first in a series of discussions entitled START, Skills and Technology Accelerating Rapid Transformation.  

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Update from Central European University Budapest: Eye on Environmental Education and Eye on Access for All

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member Central European University (CEU), located in Budapest, Hungary, has taken a special role in two of Eye on Earth’s special initiatives. Read more from UNAI Intern Scott Simonsen here.

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The UNMaking of Hate: Young People win €20,000 to Combat Intolerance in United Colors of Benetton UNHate Foundation and UNAI Diversity Contest

On 26 June 2015 the winners of the 2015 United Colors of Benetton UNHate/UNAI Diversity Contest were announced at UN HQ in New York. The contest received more than 100 entries from 31 countries around the world, with innovative ideas and solutions for tackling everything from homophobia to racism, gender-based discrimination, homelessness, interethnic conflict, xenophobia and exclusion of persons with disabilities.

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Countering destruction of and trafficking in cultural property: from lessons learned to implementation

"Countering destruction of and trafficking in cultural property: from lessons learned to implementation", by UNAI intern Achuth Krishnan. Read more here.

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Winners of Multilingual Essay Contest to Meet at UN General Assembly in July 2015

From a pool of over 1,200 entrants, 70 students from 42 countries representing 60 universities have been selected as winners of the Many Languages, One World international essay contest. The contest is organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc. and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). Read more here.

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Youth empowerment a focus at the second annual UN Sustainable Energy For All Forum in New York City, 18 to 21 May.

Leaders from government, business and civil society gathered at the second annual UN Sustainable Energy For All Forum (SE4All) in May to share and advance sustainable solutions on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Read more here from UNAI Intern, Zinnia Batliwalla

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The Protection of Human Rights in Europe, a dialogue between Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe and Paris

On 30 May 2015, the UNAI Global Hub on Human Rights, the Paris-Sorbonne University, held a ceremony and panel discussion with the University of Cologne to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their joint French German law degree. Read more here.

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Searching for Transcendence at the Hinge of History

In this article, the second in our academic series, scientist Stuart Kauffman and co-authors Caryn Devins, Roger Koppl and Teppo Felin present their views on moving forward with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Secretary-General appoints Nikhil Seth as Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training and Research

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced today the appointment of Nikhil Seth of India as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Read more here.

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Secretary-General visits Republic of Korea for key education events

At the end of May, the Secretary-General undertook a trip to the Republic of Korea to attend a series of events, including those involving students.

International Association of University Presidents Fiftieth Anniversary

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in Oxford, UK with a conference on 24 May. Find out more here.

UN at 70: News from UNA Northern Ireland "Help sought to create UN archive"

UN Academic Impact members in Northern Ireland may be interested in this Letter to the Editor of The News Letter on 9 May 2015

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Rethinking Economic Growth

In this article, the first in a series on Science and Development, scientist Stuart Kauffman discusses his concept of the “unprestatable” and its relationship to economics and development:

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Deadline for UNHATE Foundation - UNAI International Diversity Contest extended to 31 May 2015

The United Nations Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the UNHATEFoundation, launched the UNHATE NEWS initiative as part of its efforts to create a world without hate and where human rights are recognized. As a powerful and thought provoking digital initiative, its objective is to invite people to create news "stories" they would like to see come true, stories whose inherent ideas provoke thought and actions.

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Global Interactions and Millennium Milestone Maker award

Global Interactions has announced the recipients of its Millennium Milestone Maker award. The Millennium Milestone Maker Awards will be presented to MMM winners on May 16 -17 at the 9th Annual Women’s Symposium, taking place on the SIAS International University campus, Henan Province, People’s Republic of China.  

The winners announced by Global Interactions are Denise Love, Rose Mapenda, Michael Murtaugh, and Padmini Murthy. 

UN bodies present projects showing how ‘Big Data’ can save lives, fight hunger

Anonymized data from mobile telephone usage could provide vital support in efforts to achieve sustainable development and to respond to humanitarian crises, according to insights derived from a study by the United Nations.

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We are pleased to welcome the Association of Science-technology Centers (ASTC) as a new partner

Fourth Anniversary of UNAI

To celebrate its fourth anniversary the UNAI in partnership with Monmouth University and ASPIRE East Stroudsburg South High School presented a conversation on global health at United Nations Headquarter on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. The proposed programme included a presentation on global health by a UN expert, a student panel and an expert panel from both Academic Institutions. The event was concluded with an interactive dialogue with all panellists on stage.